The Senate Community Affairs Committee’s inquiry into the future of Australia’s aged care sector workforce will be in Melbourne tomorrow for its first public hearing.
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Aged Care, Senator Helen Polley will question and hear evidence from unions, professors, health care professionals and service providers.
The 295 submissions to the inquiry received by the Committee have already provided compelling evidence surrounding:
• The impact of the Government’s cuts to aged care
• The current composition of the aged care workforce
• Future workforce requirements
• The interaction of aged care workforce needs with the disability sector
• Challenges in attracting and retaining aged care staff
• The particular aged care challenges in regional towns and remote communities
Aged care workforce development is one of the biggest challenges facing the sector and is not an optional policy area for the Turnbull Government.
To date, the Abbott/Turnbull Government has refused to show any leadership in developing a comprehensive plan for the sector to address the current workforce shortage and future needs.
Here we are, almost at the end of the Liberal Government’s term, and they have not only failed to address this issue, they have broken every promise they made to older Australians, aged care workers and providers.
Ageing and aged care deserves more than a haphazard approach, and come election time there will be a clear cut choice between Labor and the Liberals when it comes to ageing and aged care.
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